Ambition Quotes And Sayings

Quotes And Sayings About Ambition

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Don't let ambition get so far ahead that it loses sight of the job at hand.
~By William Feather ~


Where there are large powers with little ambition... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
~By Jonathan Swift ~


My ambition is to do a good job. I never plan anything.
~By Ilie Nastase ~


Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation, wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition.
~By Riccardo Muti ~


There has to be this pioneer, the individual who has the courage, the ambition to overcome the obstacles that always develop when one tries to do something worthwhile, especially when it is new and different.
~By Alfred P. Sloan ~


I had this dream, and I really wanted to be a star. And I was almost a monster in the way that I was really fearless with my ambitions.
~By Lady Gaga ~


I'm not totally altruistic. I've always had great career ambitions. But it has to come out in an organic way. If you push yourself out beyond where you are supposed to be, there's this pressure.
~By David Friedman ~


It is my fervent wish and my greatest ambition to leave a work with a few useful instructions for the pianists after me.
~By Franz Liszt ~


At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.
~By Salvador Dali ~


An ounce of hypocracy is worth a pound of ambition.
~By Michael Korda ~


It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime.
~By Lee Atwater ~


People in the U.K. cannot understand whether Blair has lost his mind or whether his ambition to be the second-most-powerful man in the world made him lose his mind.
~By Bianca Jagger ~


My ambition is peace and perfection.
~By DeForest Kelley ~


Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.
~By Quintilian ~


To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.
~By Samuel Johnson ~


A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions.
~By Marcus Aurelius ~


According to its doctors, my one intransigent desire is to have been a Confederate general, and because I could not or would not become anything else, I set up for poet and beg an to invent fictions about the personal ambitions that my society has no use for.
~By Allen Tate ~


Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition to love.
~By Francois de La Rochefoucauld ~


Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
~By Napoleon Bonaparte ~


In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.
~By Christian Nestell Bovee ~


Most minds think from A to B to G to O, or hold goals and ambitions to keep them going.
~By Lynette Fromme ~


I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build.
~By Eden Phillpotts ~


The press regularly proclaims my ambitions and my financial demands.
~By Placido Domingo ~


Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.
~By Napoleon Bonaparte ~


My own ambition in the ring had always been skillful boxing, speed and defense - on the order of Mike Gibbons.
~By Gene Tunney ~


Ambition never comes to an end.
~By Kenneth Kaunda ~


My one ambition is to play a hero.
~By Sessue Hayakawa ~


Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable, and have every word received with a religious respect.
~By Francois de La Rochefoucauld ~


All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.
~By Noah Webster ~


I think we still believe that ambition is for boys.
~By Jeanette Winterson ~


Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
~By Oscar Wilde ~


Ambition may be defined as the willingness to receive any number of hits on the nose.
~By Wilfred Owen ~


Big results require big ambitions.
~By Heraclitus ~


Mel is nuts. He puts on a suit and a tie and acts like a normal person so people think he's okay. He's definitely out in left field. He's got the ambition of a boy.
~By Dom DeLuise ~


I instantly chucked my academic ambitions and began writing fiction full-time.
~By Peter Straub ~


What is my loftiest ambition? I've always wanted to throw an egg at an electric fan.
~By Oliver Herford ~


Being non-commercial is never an ambition. Movies come together at different points for fortuitous reasons. You do them as you get the opportunity, as opposed to doing them when you choose to or design to.
~By Ethan Coen ~


A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
~By Marcus Aurelius ~


Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge.
~By H. G. Wells ~


The experience awakened 'my tremendous musical ambition, which has never subsided to this day.
~By Georg Solti ~


All I wanted to do was write - at the time, poems, and prose, too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way, and I didn't need much, I was unmarried at the time, no children.
~By Paul Auster ~


Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
~By Herbert Kaufman ~


I have the desire to work as an actress, but I have no ambition to be a star.
~By Ally Sheedy ~


Independence is not a whim or an ambition. It is the necessary condition of our survival as an ethnic group.
~By Aslan Maskhadov ~


Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.
~By Saint Augustine ~


I think when people talk about ambition and talking to him, it might have seemed that he wasn't ambitious.
~By Alan Hansen ~


Five enemies of peace inhabit with us - avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
~By Petrarch ~


It's okay to have personal ambitions, but you have to take someone with you.
~By Roger Staubach ~


I should have been smart enough to stay happy. But my ambition ruled my life.
~By Eva Gabor ~


With just about every player in Australia, his whole goal and ambition is to play for Australia. That's why they're playing first class cricket. It's just a different attitude.
~By Shane Warne ~


The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government.
~By James K. Polk ~


Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing.
~By Shakti Gawain ~


Ambition, if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.
~By Susan Sontag ~


Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.
~By Orison Swett Marden ~


The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.
~By Robert Burton ~


Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.
~By Hosea Ballou ~


Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.
~By Bill Bradley ~


I never had any ambition to be a star, or whatever it is called, and I'm still embarrassed at the word.
~By John Hurt ~


All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
~By Joseph Conrad ~


Drugs are the enemies of ambition and hope - and when we fight against drugs we are fighting for the future.
~By Bob Riley ~


Where there are large powers with little ambition, nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
~By Henry Taylor ~


Behold, I am become a reproach to thy holy name, by serving any ambition and the sins of others; which though I did by the persuasion of other men, yet my own conscience did cheek and upbraid me in it.
~By William Laud ~


Men are more often bribed by their loyalties and ambitions than by money.
~By Robert Jackson ~


The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.
~By James F. Cooper ~


In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people.
~By Franklin D. Roosevelt ~


I have no political ambitions for myself or my children.
~By Joseph P. Kennedy ~


The psychoanalysis of neurotics has taught us to recognize the intimate connection between wetting the bed and the character trait of ambition.
~By Sigmund Freud ~


Vietnam was a lie but at least there was a political agenda. It was the domino theory. Iraq is about nothing but George Bush's ego laced with imperialist ambitions. And it was helped by your government.
~By Donald Sutherland ~


That's my ambition: that you look at the pictures and realize what complex, fascinating, interesting people every single one of my subjects is.
~By Jock Sturges ~


Achievement results from work realizing ambition.
~By Adam Ant ~


A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.
~By Aldous Huxley ~


We're not all nice, and there are a lot of levels of ambition and niceness.
~By Heather Donahue ~


May the same Almighty Goodness banish the accursed monster, war, from all lands, with her hated associates, rapine and insatiable ambition!
~By Daniel Boone ~


My only ambition is to be true every moment I am living.
~By Juliette Binoche ~


I have been absolutely hag-ridden with ambition. If I could wish to have anything in the world it would be to be free of ambition.
~By Tallulah Bankhead ~


Do you have any ambitions outside racing? My main ambition at the moment, whether inside or outside racing, is to become Formula 1 World Champion.
~By Kimi Raikkonen ~


An once of hypocrisy is worth a pound of ambition.
~By Michael Korda ~


Among those best known, their highest ambition is to build American homes, possess American furniture, dress in American clothes, adopt the American style of living and be American citizens.
~By Sheldon Jackson ~


It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
~By Friedrich Nietzsche ~


Money is not everything. My ambition was football itself, not the money I'd make from it. If that brings me and my family a more comfortable lifestyle, then that's fine. But I don't spend my time between games and training sessions thinking about figures.
~By Alessandro Del Piero ~


The U.S. along with China, Japan, South Korea and Russia has an important role to play in containing North Korea's nuclear ambitions and exerting all the influence we can possibly exert.
~By Zach Wamp ~


There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.
~By Henry Van Dyke ~


We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.
~By Cesar Chavez ~


My one ambition was to go to Broadway, and I never gave up on that dream.
~By David Hasselhoff ~


What likelihood is there of corrupting a man who has no ambition?
~By Samuel Richardson ~


I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
~By Thomas Carlyle ~


Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
~By A. C. Benson ~


It is a grand thing to rise in the world. The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth. It is the parent of all enterprise, and the cause of all improvement.
~By Anthony Trollope ~


Time is the only critic without ambition.
~By John Steinbeck ~


Me only have one ambition, y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together - black, white, Chinese, everyone - that's all.
~By Bob Marley ~


In teaching, I wanted to offer a general pharmacology course based on chemical principles, biochemical classification and mathematical modelling. In the event I achieved neither of my ambitions.
~By James W. Black ~


At the beginning of the 20th century, the ambition of the great painters was to make paintings that were like music, which was then considered as the noblest art.
~By Brian Eno ~


I am still full of ambition.
~By Jan Timman ~


Whatever ambivalence I felt about my own career, Frankie more than made up for it with his ambition and tenacity.
~By Annette Funicello ~


My ambition is to be happy.
~By Penelope Cruz ~


I had ambition not only to go farther than any man had ever been before, but as far as it was possible for a man to go.
~By Joseph Conrad ~


It's incredible considering the public perception that he was tight fisted and he was more than prudent, and lacked ambition to take Tottenham to where the fans wanted them to be.
~By Alan Hansen ~


I didn't have any ambition to produce big mainstream popcorn movies.
~By Jodie Foster ~


There are so many things to take into account - your ambition, your ego, the press, the consumers. You can never be sure that you'll be on top of the pile again.
~By Giorgio Armani ~


Religion united its influence with those of loyalty and love, and the order of knighthood, endowed with all the sanctity and religious awe that attended the priesthood, became an object of ambition to the greatest sovereigns.
~By Thomas Bulfinch ~

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